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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Just Finished Reading: Weird Girl and What's His Name

Weird Girl and What's His Name

by Meagan Brothers
To be published on October 13, 2015
by Three Rooms Press

Source: ARC from the publisher for review

Synopsis from Goodreads: In the tiny podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts”—the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. But then Lula discovers that Rory—her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for—has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers.
My take: As a blogger, it's fun to weigh in on all the same books everyone else is reading. But there's nothing more rewarding than being able to talk about a great book that might not be on everyone's radar. I've been a big fan of Meagan Brothers since her debut novel, Debbie Harry Sings In French.

My Meagan Brothers ARC collection!
I also read and enjoyed her second book, Supergirl Mixtapes. But I think that Weird Girl and What's His Name is her best book yet -- and my favorite.

Like Debbie Harry Sings in French, Weird Girl and What's His Name falls into the LGBTQ category (adding the Q because there's a good amount of Q in the book.) I'm always on the lookout for diverse books, and if you are too, this is a great pick. Also high on my list are YA books that draw on universal experiences and emotions.  Weird Girl and What's His Name deals with issues all readers can relate to -- identity and family, friendship and heartbreak.  Growing up, did you have a best-best friend? Someone you shared inside jokes with? Someone who got you the way no one else got you before or since? Rory and Lula are those kind of friends. They've bonded over the fact that they're both outcasts in their small town, and over The X-Files. I never watched the show, but still loved the way that it was incorporated into the story, and the way that Rory and Lula's changing relationship paralleled that of Scully and Mulder. I loved all the relationships in this book and there were so many great ones: best friends, mother-daughter relationships, student-teacher relationships, grandparents and step-parents, awkward almost-romances and bad-idea-romances and then a romance-with-possibilities.

I was reading this when along came someone I know who's .... well, let's just call her Picky Reader. She thinks a lot of YA is fluffy and not very well-written, and I'm constantly showing her books that make her reconsider her position. It's the least I can do...

Picky Reader: "What are you reading?"
Me: (Holds up Weird Girl and What's Her Name)
Picky Reader: (Takes book.) "Uh... that's a pretty strange title. And I don't love the cover..."
Me: "Just read a few pages."
Picky Reader: (Finally quiet) "Hey, this is good. Can I borrow it?"

Don't make Picky Reader's mistake. If you're a fan of moving, emotionally complex books about identity and friendship, books like Will Grayson, Will Grayson or This Song Will Change Your Life or Fangirl, you've got to try this! And then come back and tell me what you thought...

P.S. If you're an X-Files Fan, what do you think about the new episodes??

13 comments:

  1. I remember seeing this one months ago but forgot to add it to my TBR pile. I'm SO excited that you reminded me AND loved it. I thought it looked fantastic.

    I'm off to pre-order now while it's fresh in my mind.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  2. I'm in love with the cover to Supergirl! Who doesn't love a mixtape? :)

    This is really cool Jen! I like the dynamic between the two characters (super relatable I think for all of us). I'll have to check her out, thanks!

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  3. This sounds like an incredible read! And it definitely wasn't on my radar yet. And to be honest, I love the cover... I'm adding this to my to-read list :)

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  4. I haven't read many books like this, but I love how it sounds.
    I have to check it out!
    Thanks for the review!

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  5. I love the titles of her books, but you're right, I haven't read a single one. I think it's worth checking them out just for the titles alone. Lol.

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  6. Oh, wow, you haven't been this fired-up about a book before :) Enough of a reason for me to check this one out. Thanks, Jen :)

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  7. Sounds great! Adding it to my list now. The close friendship relationship leading to questioning of one's identity is very intriguing.

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  8. This sounds right up my alley! I love books with strong friendships and this one sounds like one I don't want to miss.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  9. You honestly had me with the title ( I love different titles), it being diverse and having good relationships. But then you went and dropped those book comparisons and now I have to add this one to my must get list. I love lesser known books too so thanks for sharing - Great review!!

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  10. The title totally cracks me up and definitely peaks my interest. Then the fact that you loved it, well, I'm sold there. I watched the X-Files off and on (closed my eyes when it was too scary) and even saw the movie, so that part interests me as well. And I'm curious about the series coming back with updated technology and all that. I'm planning on watching. :)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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  11. The only book I have read that deals with this kind of stuff was None of The Above...this sounds fantastic.

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  12. I have not heard of this book or this author, so thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  13. Thank you for this rec - will definitely be looking out for it! Sounds like a story I'll really enjoy, and I'm glad to see under-the-radar books getting well-deserved attention!

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